Cleaning Out My Closet
I have cleaned out my closet a couple of times since last fall. My goal is end up with the most versatile and efficient wardrobe. Over the years, after unpacking and repacking my clothes during my countless moves during university, I realize that I have a lot of clothes that I don’t wear. I gravitate towards the same few pieces every season, or so, and just wear those pieces.
I’ve decided to “minimalize” my wardrobe, so that everything in my closet is something that I love.
This task is a little harder than I first anticipated. There are several things that I have learned about myself during this process.
1) My tastes differ from year to year.
Sometimes, an article of clothing that I was crazy about during one season, I may not feel the same way towards the following year. These articles are then left unworn, and untossed because they were once so beloved a year or two ago. This is usually because the item is a trendy item. Examples include: my long short-sleeved dress shirt that I usually paired with black leggings and casual flats, and my long polo shirt with a sash tie.
2) Internet purchases are hit and miss.
Sometimes I see an item that is an absolute STEAL and it looks great on the model. It’s JUST what I am looking for. Alas, when the item arrives, it does fit or look quite the way I remembered it. Examples: t-shirt that was too small from Bluenotes and a black open cardigan.
3) I try to convince myself to “like” my failure buys
This usually applies to purchase bought on a whim on the Internet where it looked great on the model. I try to tell mytself that it’s “not that bad,” and I even force myself to wear it a few times to justify the purchase. Really, I should just chuck it and make better decisions next time.
4) I feel bad and guilty for throwing away clothes that were gifts
A t-shirt that an ex-boyfriend bought me when he went on his trip to Las Vegas. I haven’t worn it once. After I finish this post, I’m gonna chuck it. I don’t think having the words, “Bad Girl” in sparkling sequins across my chest is really all that flattering.
What I am doing about it:
I have a Rubbermaid box that I keep next to my closet (let’s call it the Toss Box). I would toss an item in there every so often, if it fell into the above categories. Then wait a few months to check if the item was missed. Usually it’s not, and life moves on. I am going to go an “inventory” of my closet every month to see if any items can be added to the “toss box.” I can think of a few more items, already 🙂
To end up with a fabulous minimalistic closet where every item of clothing is something that I would be proud to wear and having (hopefully) many outfit options.
How is your closet doing? What are some reasons that you give yourself to keep an item of clothing that you don’t wear anymore?